Month in Review – May 2018 (English Music)
OnRecord Staff · June 05, 2018 · 2 Minute Read
The sweltering summer heat this May was matched by some incredibly ? music, with DJ Snake, Post Malone, and K-Pop superstars BTS all making headlines and dominating the charts. Read on for our Month in Review recap of all that took place in the world of international music.
Song of the Month
DJ Snake – “Magenta Riddim”
Speaking of ?? — DJ Snake’s “Magenta Riddim” was our top-performing English song in May (despite being released in February!) The dancehall tune continued the Grammy-nominated producer’s hot streak — he’s been part of at least one global smash hit per year since 2015’s “Lean On,” which he followed with “Let Me Love You” in 2016 and “A Different Way” in 2017. (And who can forget about “Turn Down for What,” from all the way back in 2013?)
Album of the Month
Post Malone – beerbongs & bentleys
Austin Richard Post grabbed the attention of mainstream audiences last year with “rockstar,” the bass-driven collaboration with 21 Savage. beerbongs & bentleys, his sophomore album, showcases Malone’s vocal and songwriting versatility, from haunting trap bangers to uplifting bubblegum pop like “Paranoid.” Buoyed by huge collaborations with Swae Lee, Ty Dolla $ign, and Nicki Minaj, beerbongs & bentleys may end up being the top-performing English album of the year when 2018 is done.
Playlist of the Month
‘Best of Trap Nation’ – Curated by Trap Nation
The world may not need any further evidence that trap is the sound of the moment… but here it is anyway ?. This exclusive playlist, featuring the likes of Mia Vaile, Kill Paris, Oshi, and Baauer (with a R3HAB remix thrown in for good measure), offers a spectrum of contemporary trap, ranging from the melodic to the just plain nasty! Curated by Trap Nation, it was the first curation collaboration of its kind made available to South Asian listeners.
Artist on the Rise
One word: phenomenon.
The third album from K-Pop superstars BTS proved that they have transcended language to become one of global music’s biggest names. BTS’ streams on Saavn nearly quadrupled on the day of Love Yourself: Tear‘s release, with their South Asian fans flocking to Saavn to listen to the album on loop. Showcasing some of the sharpest song arrangements in contemporary pop music, the album explores the intertwined nature of love and pain. Who hasn’t been there?
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